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RM2479   Childrenite

Córrego Frio mine, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Elongated single crystal of orange-pink childrenite without matrix. Transparent to translucent, with brilliance and defined terminal faces and altered prism.Very unusual for the species. From the former A. Trigo collection (Mataró).


Size: 2.5 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm.
Found in ca. 1985.

Col. Antonio Trigo (Mataró).


Price: 65 €Buy
 

RM2241   Elbaite

Cruzeiro mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A very aesthetic miniature, but with an exceptional color variation. Between red, blue, green and yellow. A delicatessen from Brazil, referenced in Joan Astor's published work in issuu, that we recommend you visit and browse.


Size: 0.9 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm.
Found in ca. 1976.

Col. J. Astor (Barcelona). Adq. Lapidis.


 

RM2240   Elbaite

Lavra da Pederneira, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Prismatic elbaite crystal, of an intense color, with the defined pinacoidal face truncating the prism. The label indicates that it comes from South Africa, but we are not aware that specimens like this have been found in this part of the world. A miniature gemmy piece.


Size: 1.2 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm.
Found in ca. 1973.

Col. J. Astor (Barcelona).


 

RM2239   Topaz

Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A very interesting specimen of topaz, in which we can see striated faces on the prism, truncated by pinacoids, very unusual. Transparence, brilliance and with the handwritten label from the Astor collection indicating "negative" faces. This piece was adquired to the well-know Catalan dealer Jordi Figueras, one of the suppliers of the Folch collection.


Size: 4.5 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm.
Found in ca. 1978.

Col. J. Astor (Barcelona). Adq. J. Figueras.


 

RM2229   Elbaite

Golconda pegmatites, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Group of elbaite crystals, in parallel growth, with striated prismatic faces, deep green color and good luster. From the former Manchion collection, with the characteristic label.


Size: 5.4 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm.
Found in 1989.

Col. Manchion (Barcelona) #483.


Price: 70 €Buy
 

RM2223   Quartz with inclusions

Corinto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Excellent specimen of a quartz crystal with inclusions. In this specimen we can see green and reddish inclusions, most likely due to growths of chlorite and iron oxides in the growing crystal. A very interesting and aesthetic piece. From the Joan Astor collection.


Size: 5.8 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm.
Found in ca. 1975.

Col. Joan Astor.


Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM2222   Quartz with inclusions

Corinto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Excellent specimen of a quartz crystal with geometric inclusions. In this specimen we can see green and reddish zonations, most likely due to growths of chlorite and iron oxides on the facets of the growing crystal. A very interesting and aesthetic piece. From the Joan Astor collection.


Size: 6.5 x 4 x 3 cm.
Found in ca. 1975.

Col. Joan Astor.


 

RM2168   Beryl aquamarine

Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A good size beryl crystal, aquamarine variety, from those of oldtimes. It shows the faces of the hexagonal prism and terminal flat pinacoid. From the Manchion collection (Barcelona).


Size: 8.8 x 4.4 x 3.4 cm.
Found in 1988.

#279 Col. Manchion (Barcelona).


 

RM2020   Hydroxylherderite with muscovite and albite

Córrego Frio mine, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A classic old-time specimen of hydroxylherderite, well crystallized, with sharp translucent idiomorphic monoclinic crystals. Lustrous and with a greenish-yellow tone. Associated with albite and muscovite from the Golconda pegmatite in Brazil. From Manchion Collection, purchased to Dr. Joan Viñals. Previously misidentified as herderite.


Size: 5.5 x 4.2 x 2.7 cm.
Found in ±1987.

Col. Manchion #364, J. Viñals 04/1987,
Price: 75 €Buy
 

RM1996   Lepidolite

Golconda pegmatites, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Good sized rounded, globular crystals of lilac-pink lepidolite. This formation is also known as ball-peen lepidolite after the resemblance to the round end of a ball-peen hammer. Lepidolite is a Li-rich member of the series between polylithionite and trilithionite. A very aesthetic specimen from Manchion Collection.


Size: 9.4 x 9.2 x 8.2 cm.
Found in ±1991.

Col. Manchion #610.
 

RM2000   Hydroxylerderite with muscovite and albite

Córrego Frio mine, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A classic old-time specimen of hydroxylherderite, well crystallized, with sharp translucent idiomorphic monoclinic crystals. Lustrous and with a greenish-yellow tone. Associated with albite and muscovite from the Golconda pegmatite in Brazil. From Manchion Col., purchased in 1987 to Dr. Joan Viñals. Previously misidentified as herderite. Previamente mal identificada como herderita.


Size: 6.5 x 4.3 x 4.2 cm.
Main crystal: 3 mm
Found in 1987.

Col. Manchion #354, J. Viñals 04/1987,
 

RM1944   Hematite

Casa de Pedra mine, Congonhas, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Excellent specimen formed by a polysynthetic growth of hematite crystals, with an exceptional brightness. Rich in faces, defined edges and a good size for the species and the locality.
Rob Lavinsky said: "Splendent, complex hematite crystals form a striking specimen from this less well-known Brazilian locale. The majestic, large crystal, with numerous amazing faces is 3.5 cm and is nearly pristine. This fine piece is complete-all-around. Choice and uncommon material from the Larry Krause dealer stock". [go to mindat]


Size: 5.2 x 4.2 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 3.7 x 3.5 cm.

 

RM1917   Topaz (var. Imperial) in matrix

Topaz mine, Antônio Pereira, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Usually these imperial topaz appear without matrix. In this specimen we can enjoy a prismatic crystal, doubly terminated by the pinacoids, with brilliance, transparence and intense color. With small ding in lateral face. It is gemmy from top to bottom.


Size: 5.7 x 4.8 x 4.5 cm.
Main crystal: 16 x 15 mm.

 

RM1727   Elbaite

Morro Redondo mine, Coronel Murta, Araçuaí, Minas Gerais, Brazil

One of a very few tourmalines I found in this old collection with this classic combination from the 1960s or 1970s: nice brilliant lustre, glassy surface, intense color zoning between pink to green. Parallel groth, terminal rhombohedrons and a crossing prismatic pink small crystal between them. This well-known pegmatite mine was discovered in 1991 and produced very colorful tourmalines. Nice gem.


Size: 2.2 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm

Col. J.M. Manchion (Barcelona)
 

RM1242   Topaz var. Imperial

Topaz mine, Antônio Pereira, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Topaz crystal with intense color, transparence and good brilliance. With a complex termination very rich in faces, where we can observe at least two pyramid forms and the pinacoid, along with two prisms. The base is a cleavage surface.


Size: 3.0 x 0.9 x 0.7 cm.

Fluorescent under LW-UV and SW-UV lights
 

RM919   Elbaite and albite (var. clevelandite) and lepidolite

Lavra da Pederneira, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Group of very nice elbaite crystals, one of them with a good size, transparence and marked color zoning. They are accompanied by a rich group of clevelandite crystals very aerial disposed. We can observe groups of developed lepidolite crystals those give an aesthetic touch to the specimen.


Size: 6,3 x 5,4 x 3,8 cm.
Main crystal: 60 x 13 mm.

 

RM918   Elbaite and albite (var. clevelandite)

Lavra da Pederneira, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Group of divergent elbaite crystals with good brilliance, defined prismatic faces and complex terminals, almost needle. Good transparence that reveals green color, violet at the upper terminal faces and a delicate red tone in the crystal core. The color zoning is very marked. A gemmy specimen.


Size: 5,0 x 4,8 x 3,2 cm.
Main crystal: 43 x 14 mm.

 
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